Friday, April 28, 2006

Bush’s Battle at the Little Bighorn

Frank J. Ranelli

On February 24th, 2006, George Bush haughtily floated the “veto card” for the first time since taking office. In typical irreverent fashion, Bush seemed smug and unfazed by the veracity of the firestorm surrounding the sale of control of six major US ports.

Bush seems to have missed the part about a 2/3's Congressional vote to override his veto, as per Article I, Section 7, of the Constitution. “The president is permitted to veto specific legislative acts, but Congress has the authority to override presidential vetoes by two-thirds majorities of both houses.”

Congress can, and likely will, pass legislation against this sale and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) has already threatened an override veto.

Since Bush does not read (by his own admission) and has arrogantly assumed the role of dictator of the United States, one must also assume that he is unaware of the fact that he is not indomitable. That Congress, no matter how loyal to this point they have been, will turn on him like a pack of rabid dogs if their own political careers are at stake.

Not to mention of course, that most polls across the US show little, if any, support for the sale of control of our major ports to an Arab country. Across the country Congressional leaders are receiving an out-pouring of contempt for this transaction from constituents on both side of the aisle. Even Governors are threatening legal action to stop the sale.

One must ask; what did Bush expect? After a three year campaign of relentless fear-based propaganda on his signature issue- the War on Terror, he flip-flops. Did he really expect his loyal base of near mindless disciples, who he consistently brow-beat to fear and hate the Arab world, that they would roll over on his personal invitation, to a country with proven ties to terrorism, to “just come on in to the port of New York City and have another crack at, oh, let’s say, the Statue of Liberty?”

I predict that this will be Bush’s battle at the Little Bighorn. And, like Custer, he is outgunned in everyway, but arrogance and ego will force him to indignantly and foolishly fight, and he will go down in a “political haze of bullets.”

As the saying goes, “Washington’s graveyard is littered with those who considered themselves indispensable.”

Its time to bury George’s political career in an unmarked grave apart from a warning label: Toxic- hazardous to democracy.

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